Natural blood thinner alternatives to prescription anticoagulants.
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What are Blood Thinners?
The term ‘blood thinners’ refers to a group of allopathic medications known as anticoagulants. They are used to prevent the cells in the blood from clotting too readily and forming blood clots within the vessels.
Although they are referred to as blood thinners, they do not actually thin the blood. They work by decreasing the blood’s ability to clot so that blood vessels remain unblocked.
Who Should Use Blood Thinners?
Blood thinners are administered to those who are most at risk of a heart attack, stroke, or aneurism. They may also be used for the prevention of thromboembolic disorders, while some are used to treat thromboembolism.
What Blood Thinners are Available?
The most common blood thinner used is aspirin, which significantly inhibits platelet activity, one of the first steps in the clotting process. Sometimes, a small daily dose of aspirin is all that is required to treat heart conditions.
The use of aspirin as a blood thinner for children must be monitored. If a child has a fever, or certain viral infections such as influenza, gastric flu or chicken pox, aspirin must be stopped immediately. The use of aspirin has been associated with Reye’s syndrome, a life-threatening disease that causes major damage to the body’s organs.
When aspirin is not strong enough to stop blood platelets from forming clots, the second most common blood thinners used are oral anticoagulants. They should be used only under close medical supervision, as they do have adverse side effects, such as severe bleeding after bruising or cutting the skin.
More powerful blood thinners can be injected intravenously with a needle directly into the bloodstream, where they work to rapidly dissolve clots.
Natural and holistic treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies can also effectively support the overall functioning of the heart, arteries and cardiovascular system by promoting healthy circulation. Under medical supervision, natural alternatives to the prescription blood thinners can be very effective and may avoid the side effects experienced when using conventional medications.
Herbs such as Crataegus oxyacantha (Hawthorn) have well-known cardiovascular properties, while Passiflora incarnata relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. In addition, Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose bark) is a very effective cardiac tonic and muscle relaxant, while Ginkgo biloba improves blood flow throughout the body.
Note: Remember to source your natural medicines from a reputable company in order to ensure maximum safety and efficacy. If you are already using a prescription blood thinner, it is important to consult your doctor before adding any natural remedies to your treatment regimen.
How to Use Blood Thinners
There are various kinds of blood thinners, and it is advisable to consult with your doctor regarding the dosage. Other medicines that you may be taking can increase or decrease the effect of the blood thinners. Be sure to inform your doctor about any other medication, even if it is just a vitamin supplement.
Your doctor should also be aware of your medical history as well as any physical symptoms that you may be experiencing before taking blood thinners.
It is also recommended that you follow a healthy diet. In particular, you may need to limit your intake of vitamin K, generally found in liver, fish, cabbage, spinach, brussel sprouts and other green, leafy vegetables.
Avoid smoking and refrain from drinking large quantities of alcohol.